Shell confirms interest in Qatar petrochemicals project

01 December 2010 11:09  [Source: ICIS news]

A Shell petchem plantLONDON (ICIS)--Shell is continuing to discuss with Qatar Petroleum the development of a petrochemicals complex in Qatar, a spokesman for the Anglo-Dutch group said on Wednesday.

We still have great interest in working with the Qataris and believe we have the technologies, project management and marketing expertise to add value to such a project,” he said.

Qatari energy minister Abdullah al-Attiyah said on Tuesday that Qatar is in talks with Shell and Belgium-based Total Petrochemicals to develop the petrochemicals complex in Ras Laffan, Qatar.

“We are in talks with Total, and we are talking to Shell,” he was quoted by Reuters as saying.

ExxonMobil was previously discussing the project with Qatar Petroleum but, according to sources familiar with the project, the US-based group has exited the project.

ExxonMobil, however, has declined to comment.

Graeme Burnett, Total Petrochemicals’ senior vice president for Asia and the Middle East told ICIS last week that Total Petrochemicals and Qatar Petroleum are in early discussions about a cracker project in Qatar.

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